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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab’s community newsletter. Once a month, we’ll give you the rundown about what’s happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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New pedestrian and bike access routes open at Fermilab

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Spring has sprung, and with it will come warmer weather and more opportunity to spend time outside. As many of you can attest, the sprawling 6,800-acre Fermilab campus is one of the area’s best places to walk, run or ride your bike. We’re happy to announce that this year pedestrians and bike riders will have even more opportunity to enjoy the Fermilab campus – in particular, parts of the campus that have been previously off limits to bikers and walkers.

The main bike and pedestrian path, which stretches from the Pine Street gate off Kirk Road to the Batavia Road gate near Route 59, will remain open. But as you can see on the map above (click for a larger version), parts of Wilson Street, North Eola Road and A1 Road have now been added to the list of public access routes. These roads will allow bikers, walkers and runners to loop through the Fermilab site, instead of simply going from one end to the other. Bicyclists now also can use the Wilson Street entrance off of Kirk Road to enter the site.

New signs are in place marking out the public routes, and those restricted to Fermilab employees. For safety and security reasons, we ask that you please respect those signs and refrain from riding or walking along non-public roads (including South Eola Road and the main ring road). Also, please obey the rules of the road. We want you to enjoy our site – come walk your pets in our dog park, fish in our ponds (just bring your valid state fishing license, and check the map for which ponds are publicly accessible) and see our famous herd of bison at their pasture, all of which are open to the public.

The Fermilab site is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight saving time (mid-March to early November), and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. You only need a photo ID to get in. For more information, visit our website at http://www.fnal.gov/pub/visiting/index.html.
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Photo column spacer Official Blues Brothers Revue – April 11, 8 p.m.
It’s 38 miles to Chicago, they’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’ll be dark and they'll be wearing sunglasses. That’s right, the Official Blues Brothers Revue will be bringing their powerhouse band and the Blues Brothers catalog to the Fermilab stage on Saturday, April 11. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty are the only performers officially sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi, wife of the late John Belushi. The duo will don the hats and sunglasses and walk in the footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues, the famous characters played by Aykroyd and Belushi on Saturday Night Live, and then in the wildly successful movie. “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more – the Official Blues Brothers Revue plays them all, in the spirit of the original lineup. You won’t want to miss this. Tickets and information are available online.
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Photo column spacer STEM Career Expo for high school students – April 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. FREE
Here at Fermilab, we take our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians seriously. We’re big believers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, and laying the foundation for exciting careers in each of those fields. That’s why, every year, we host a STEM Career Expo at the laboratory. For three hours on Wednesday, April 22, high school students are welcome to come and meet professionals in a number of STEM fields, and talk face to face. This isn’t a job fair, nor is it about recruiting. It is an opportunity for students to ask questions about the jobs they might want to pursue in the coming years, and get first-hand answers. More information is available online.
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Photo column spacer Lecture: Can Money Buy Happiness? – April 24, 8 p.m.
When it comes to money, it’s better to give than to receive, according to Michael Norton. An associate professor at Harvard Business School, Norton will present surprising findings from his research into the link between wealth and happiness, findings that he says could change the way organizations should think about incentivizing employees, and how we should think about spending our own money. Norton is the co-author (with Elizabeth Dunn) of the book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, and he has twice been featured in the New York Time Magazine's Year in Ideas. Norton’s lecture begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Visit our website for more information and tickets.
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Photo column spacer Science Adventures are back – April 11, April 18 and April 25
Summer is on its way, and if you’re looking for fun and educational activities for your kids, look no further than Fermilab’s Science Adventures. On Saturdays during the warmer months, kids will join others their age for activities both in the field and in the laboratory, learning about the natural world and how it works. April’s three Science Adventure classes herald the return of this popular program, and offer Saturday morning fun for three different age groups. Kids in Kindergarten through second grade can learn to Flutter like a Butterfly on April 11 at 9 a.m.; those in grades 2-4 can learn about insects in The Bugs are Back on April 25 at 9:30 a.m.; and kids in grades 3-5 can learn the similarities and differences between Fireflies, Sea Monsters and Glow Sticks on April 18 at 9:30 a.m. (The last event is full.) Science Adventures will continue through the summer. To register and get more information, visit the Education Office website.
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Photo column spacer Dark Energy Survey discovers dwarf galaxy candidates outside the Milky Way
NBC News: Dark Energy Survey reveals signs of nine dwarf galaxies
CBS News: Nine pint-sized galaxies found orbiting the Milky Way
Washington Post: Nine new dwarf galaxies full of dark matter found just chilling around the Milky Way
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Photo column spacer South Dakota governor supports Fermilab-based neutrino project
Black Hills Pioneer: The future of the Sanford Underground Research Lab
Rapid City Journal: Daugaard: Sanford Lab future is bright
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Photo column spacer Large Hadron Collider restart countdown continues
Los Angeles Times: Pumped-up particle smasher to probe deeper mysteries
PBS Newshour: Large Hadron Collider gears up to find dark matter, new particles in its second run
NBC News: Bigger crashes promised in second run of ‘Big Bang Machine’
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Photo column spacer Extraordinary Dark Energy Camera photo of comet Lovejoy
MSN: Amazing photo of green comet Lovejoy captured by Dark Energy Camera
Los Angeles Times: Prepare to be blown away by this picture of comet Lovejoy
Gizmodo: This accidental picture of comet Lovejoy is also the best
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Kingnut Woods Workday FREE
Thur., Apr. 2, 9 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Apr. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Apr. 4, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Spring Dance Weekend
Sun., Apr. 5, 3 and 7 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Apr. 6, 1 p.m.

ECW East Workday FREE
Tue., Apr. 7, 1 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Apr. 7, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 7, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 8, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Program FREE
Wed., Apr. 8, 4 p.m.

Big Woods South Workday FREE
Thu., Apr. 9, 9 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Apr. 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Flutter Like a Butterfly
Sat., Apr. 11, 9 a.m.
Grades K-2

Arts & Lecture Series: Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sat., Apr. 11, 8 p.m.

Ask a Scientist: How to Build a Neutrino Beam FREE
Sun., Apr. 12, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Apr. 12, 2-5 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Apr. 13, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 14, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 15, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Kingnut Woods Workday FREE
Thu., Apr. 16, 9 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Apr. 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Big Woods Steward Workday FREE
Sat., Apr. 18, 9 a.m.

Science Adventure: Fireflies, Sea Monsters and Glow Sticks
Sat., Apr. 18, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 3-5
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Barn Dance
Sun., Apr. 19, 2 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Apr. 20, 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday Steward Workday FREE
Tue., Apr. 21, Noon

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 21, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Expo
Wed., Apr. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Grades 9-12

Big Woods South Workday FREE
Thu., Apr. 23, 9 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Apr. 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Can Money Buy Happiness?
Fri., Apr. 24, 8 p.m.

Science Adventure: The Bugs are Back!
Sat., Apr. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 2-4

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Apr. 27, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Apr. 28, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Apr. 29, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Shaping Policy with Science FREE
Wed., Apr. 29, 4 p.m.

Kingnut Woods Workday FREE
Thu., Apr. 30, 9 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Apr. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

COMING IN MAY

Artist Reception: Systems & Intuition
Fri., May 1, 5 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: Hot Club of Cowtown
Sat., May 2, 8 p.m.

Ask a Scientist: Enlightened! What We’ve Learned from Studying Light FREE
Sun., May 3, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Gallery Talk: Systems & Intuition
Wed., May 6, 11:30 a.m.

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